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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Cockburn Vintage Port 2000
Cockburn Vintage Port 2000
(search item no. 54091)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simply put, Cockburn's Vintage Port is the best of the best — the best wine of one superior year blended from various vineyard sources. Aged two years in cask before bottling, vintage ports require at least 15 years of bottle aging.

Declaring a vintage is a weighty decision for port producers, as the company's reputation is largely determined by the quality and style of its vintage port (even though vintage declarations amount to only 1-3% of the total production in any year). Therefore, when Cockburn's declares a wine worthy of a vintage designation, the wine must be outstanding. Cockburn's has historically been more conservative than other port houses in declaring a vintage, choosing to declare only those years that best suit its elegant, less sweet style. Before declaring, Cockburn's blenders taste, categorize and identify those wines that might ultimately become a vintage blend. Only after this rigorous two-year selection process is a final decision made.

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About Cockburn:

Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port houses. Makers of a complete line of fine ports, including Cockburn's Special Reserve - the world's most popular premium port -Cockburn's is known worldwide for its mature, less sweet wine style.

What sets Cockburn's apart from all other port houses is a rigorous quality control standard exercised on all aspects of production. Being the largest vineyard owner in the Port district also gives Cockburn's significant access to stocks of aged wines for its many fine blends.

Cockburn's family of ports includes Special Reserve, Vintage Port, Anno (Late Bottled Vintage) and Quinta dos Canais (Single Quinta Vintage), Fine Ruby, Fine Tawny, and 10- and 20-year-old Tawnies.